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Halloween Tradition: Magical Moon Dust

Did you catch the Blood Moon last week? The moon was enormous in the night sky and this little snapshot captured on my iPhone doesn’t do it justice!

Blood-Moon-2014

With Halloween drawing near, I decided to whip up a little bit of magical moon dust!

Magical Moon Dust

To make your own magical moon dust, mix together oatmeal, sprinkles, and Halloween confetti! Then, pour it into a little jar. To decorate your tag:

  • Download the witch digital tag from the Frightful Collection.
  • Print and cut the tag using the print features of the silhouette.
  • Edge your tag with purple glitter.
  • Add a few light orange rhinestones to the top.
  • Adhere a small”Moon Dust” title (edged in gold) to the front.

Magical Moon Dust Tutorial

I also attached a cute scalloped punch embellishment to the top of my jar with twine.

I pinned this darling idea from See Jane Blog ages ago and thought it could be translated into a fun, family tradition in the weeks leading up to October 31st. You will need:

  • 1 decorative pot
  • 1 jar of Magical Moon Dust
  • Candy corn pieces
  • Cake pop/lollipop sticks
  • Cookies

Have your kiddos “plant” candy corn seeds at night and then wake-up to find a special surprise!

Magical Moon Dust Tradition Halloween

Those candy corn seeds grow into a sweet treat! This DIY Halloween craft checks all the boxes- it’s fun, easy, and a clever tradition to celebrate with your family!

Halloween oreos

Want a few more ideas on cultivating “Spooktacular” Halloween traditions? See the bottom of THIS POST.

Happy (Almost) Halloween!

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DIY Halloween Cards

There’s finally a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change! Here are 2 quick and easy Halloween cards to help you celebrate the season!

Halloween Silhouette Cards

I used the Halloween Cameos collection as a base for my design. Aren’t these silhouette images from Snap Click Supply Co. so fun and festive?!

Here’s the pumpkin version:

Pumpkin Cameo Card

After cutting the cameo, I layered it onto Bo Bunny orange dot paper edged with a gold Krylon pen. Two small embellishments give this card a little extra dimension: a little golden “Boo!” flag at the top and green vine leaves around the center circle. I didn’t glue all the leaves down, which gives the card a little bit more texture and movement!

And, one my favorites, the witch:

Witch Cameo Card

I couldn’t resist adding a line of purple rhinestones and a punched flourish to her hat!

Halloween Cameo Card Details

I would definitely recommend using a newer Silhouette mat when cutting these files since the cameo designs are incredibly intricate. Once the pieces are successfully cut, these DIY Halloween cards can be put together in a matter of minutes. I love how they turned out! These cameos would also be great as a Halloween gift tags!

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Around Here: July and August 2014

July flew by and August is almost a distant memory.  Lately, I’ve been:

…coordinating evaluations and therapy sessions for Olivia.  I’ll write more about this personal adventure in the future.  I’m still digesting all the lessons I’ve learned about advocating for your child and some of the new insights we’ve gained into fostering speech development for toddlers.  Olivia has a huge gap right now between her receptive and expressive language abilities.  Naturally, this reality fuels daily frustrations for her and escalates tantrums quickly.  I am amazed at Olivia’s intelligence, curiosity, and independence- she experiences life so fully!  I am so grateful that we have some services in place now to help facilitate her journey.

Olivia-19-Months

… reflecting on some awesome blog posts focused on motherhood, life, and finding your own voice:

  • Baseball, Mom, and Staying the Course: This article was written by my friend, Tammy, who is also on the Design Team for the Snap Click Supply Company.  I just love her beautiful perspective on motherhood… some days are so tough and everything seems to go wrong at once.  Simply continuing to meet each challenge with an open heart and love is enough.
  • Redefining What I Want: Love this list about crafting a life you love.  How do you want your life to feel?
  • Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt: Awesome post challenging our constant need to upgrade and “fix” our life.  Love her focus on gratitude and staying in the present moment.  I hope Olivia remembers our kitchen as the site of many impromptu dance parties.
  • A Code for Living: This thoughtful quote from Tara Mohr is a true gem: “Do not give anyone an experience that you are not eager to receive, tenfold, at the end of your journey.”

… working on projects for The Dating Divas.  I posted this photo to Instagram in July with the caption: “Real life… What our kitchen table has looked like for the past week and half.  A growing and increasingly random assortment of materials for taking staged photos of upcoming blogging projects.  Yes, those would be balloons, Skittles, ping pong balls, and sprinkles on the table! #wannabephotographer”

Photo-table-July-2014

I am so excited about the products our team is creating and feel so blessed to be in charge of leading the process.  Our graphic designer, Courtney of All Things Bright and Beautiful, is AMAZING!  She consistently transforms our design requests into a gorgeous, visual reality.  To top it off, her designs are  modern and fun!  If you are hosting a group date night, you will want to check out our Couples Win It in a Minute Party Pack.  It has EVERYTHING you need for a successful and FUN night with your favorite people.

Couples Game Night

We also recently launched our DIY Birthday Card Pack for Him.  These gorgeous cards are print ready and perfect for telling your hubby how much he is adored.  Wait until you see the embellishments on these cards- Hallmark has nothing on these!  This pack is a STEAL!  10 birthday cards and coordinating embellishments for less than 1 typical store-bought card!

Birthday Card Pack

… finishing this book: Dying to Be Me.  Additional thoughts and review COMING SOON!

… participating in Big Picture Classes Phone Photography Project 2 on Instagram.  Click to see all my summer photos related to this challenge!

Summer-Light

…writing a little bit about essential oils.  I’ve been using them for the past year and loving our experiences.  They are definitely part of our daily routine and a first line of defense for anything that life throws our way.  For instance, on our last trip down to the lake, James was working in my parent’s yard and got into what we think was Stinging Nettle.  Almost immediately, he felt intense stinging and little white bumps appeared on his finger.  I immediately applied Lavender, Melaleuca, and Purify.  Within about 10 minutes, his pain subsided and the bumps were gone!  If you are curious about essential oils and what they can do for your family, check out The Essential Oils Archives.

PINCHING myself because I was featured on Kara’s Party Ideas!  I’m beyond thrilled that Kara decided to feature my dear friend Ashley’s Coco Chanel Inspired Baby Shower.  HERE’S THE FEATURE!  I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone in terms of submitting this party to a major blog… and checked off one more item on my 30 During My 30th Year!

…noticing that the seasons are beginning to shift.  This hydrangea’s beautiful white flowers always turn a gorgeous shade of blush announcing Fall’s arrival.

Hydrangea-August-2014

… dumping a cold bucket of water/ice on my head.  Yes, my good friend Kim nominated me to take the ALS ice bucket challenge.  It was COLD!  Brrr…. Read how this challenge started HERE.  It truly just takes a few people with open hearts, an idea, and a desire to make a difference.

Ice-Bucket-Challenge-August

… and, just this past week, catching some unexpected inspiration from the radio.  I was driving over to my mom’s house and happened to tune into Oprah’s channel on Sirius where she was interviewing Pastor Rick.  This quote really resonated with me:

“You can waste your life. You can spend your life. Or you can invest your life. The best use of your life is to invest it in that which will outlast it. Invest it in serving others. And that’s what it means to live a purpose-driven life.”- Pastor Rick

Looking forward to all that September will bring!

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Coco Chanel Inspired Baby Shower

Coco Chanel Baby Shower

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that a baby shower I hosted back in March for a dear friend is being featured on Kara’s Party Ideas!

Click HERE for the all the party details!

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Nautical Birthday Party

Nautical Birthday Party

With the end of summer drawing near, I couldn’t resist one more opportunity to use elements from the Ahoy Collection by Carta Bella.  I just love this grouping of anchors, sea sentiments, and ocean inspired designs.  Remember the nautical birthday card I shared last month?  Here are several more ideas to accompany an anchor themed or nautical birthday party using digital scrapbooking products:

Ahoy Banner

Ahoy Banner

I used a generic banner die-cut to make my banner base.  Then, I used the alphabet letters from the nautical collection to spell out the word “AHOY.”  The focal point of this cute banner has to be the gorgeous anchor element.  I used the print and cut feature of my silhouette to cut out a perfectly shaped outline of this graphic.  To make everything pop, I edged the border with aqua glitter.  A few additional paper embellishments and ribbon completed the look!

Ahoy Banner Detail

Treat Bags

The Ahoy collection contains several darling graphics including a boat, a lobster, and a fish.  When I saw these elements, I knew they would be the perfect embellishments for treat bag toppers.

Nautical Birthday Treat

I packaged goldfish with the saying “Catch of the Day,” licorice bites with the phrase “Sailors Sweets,” and sour gummy worms with the sentiment “Live Bait.”

Nautical Birthday Treats 2

Here’s the basic outline of how I made these goodies:

  1. Open a new 4-inches x 2-inches document in PSE.
  2. Drag a piece of coordinating digital scrapbook paper onto your document.  Adjust the size if needed.
  3. Add a text box to the bottom half of the document containing your catch phrase.  I used the font Lobster 1.3.
  4. Print out this document.  Fold in half.
  5. Use the print and cut feature of the silhouette to cut out a digital element to add to the topper.
  6. Adhere this digital element to the topper using double sided foam tape.
  7. Embellish with additional punches or ribbon if desired.
  8. Add your finished topper to a Ziploc bag filled with yummy treats using tape adhesive.

Nautical Birthday Treat 3

Birthday Sign

I love creating little signs to include as part of a dessert table when hosting a party.  I made this framed graphic for my nieces’ birthday using Element 1.

Nautical Birthday Sign

A couple of notes:

  • I used the aqua chevron paper labeled “Seashells” as a base.
  • In PSE, I opened Element 1 and set my foreground color to the same navy color as the bottom portion of the banner.  Then, I selected the paint brush tool and filled in the “1826” date so it wasn’t visible.
  • To make this element easy to cut out using the silhouette, I added a very light aqua stroke line.
  • I added a new “date” to the bottom banner using sticker letters. 2006 is the year my sweet nieces were born.
  • In order to make this sign dimensional, I added a scalloped red punched shape to the center.  I also layered a cut-out anchor in the center using foam tape.
  • For extra sparkle, I edged the anchor element with aqua glitter.

Nautical Birthday Sign Anchor Detail

There you have it…  3 extra ideas for savoring summer memories using the AHOY collection.  Now, go “Seas the Day!” and find some fun ways to incorporate digital design into your next project!

Here’s a peak at my final birthday package to my sweet nieces- all the nautical DIY goodies and 2 books about the sea!

Nautical Birthday Party Gifts

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Nautical Birthday Card

Snap Click Supply Company has been celebrating digital design all month long by offering double the number of items on sale.  To go along with the theme of “double the fun,” I created a quick and easy summer birthday card for my awesome TWIN nieces!  This fun card uses digital elements from both the Ahoy There (Carta Bella) and the Nautical collection (Fancy Pants).

DIY Nautical Card

When I started this project, I didn’t have an exact picture in my mind of how I wanted it to turn out.  I did know, however, that I wanted to use the phrase, “Ahoy! It’s Your Birthday!”

Ahoy Card

I began by using the “print and cut” feature of my silhouette to cut out several awesome digital designs, including an anchor and alphabet letters spelling AHOY.  I also selected a background paper for my card base from the Ahoy There collection… this was a tough pic as there are so many fun nautical choices!

Ahoy Card Detail

With my card base determined, I started experimenting with the placement of the cut out digital designs. I love adding dimension to my hybrid card designs so foam tape is a must!  In the picture below, you can see where I applied foam tape to make various layers pop.

Ahoy Card Layering Detail

A few decisions and embellishments:

  • I punched a hole through the anchor top and added a bow using red baker’s twine.
  • I edged the white background panel with a Krylon gold leafing pen to add a bit of sparkle.
  • I used a Nestability die (Labels 18) to cut out a blue shape to highlight the anchor.  Love the contrast this step provides!

Nautical Card Elements

On the back of the card, I added the rest of the birthday sentiment.  I embellished the text with clear rhinestones in two sizes and a red punched heart.

Birthday Greeting Detail

To compliment my summer theme, I also whipped up a fun envelope design.

Summer Envelope Design 2

Again, I used the “print and cut” feature of the Silhouette to cut out the “Summer” word from Fancy Pant’s Nautical collection.

Tip: This element didn’t have a clear boundary for the Silhouette to recognize.  To remedy this issue, I opened the element up in PSE and added a light stroke to the edge in a coordinating color.  Adding a stroke line made cutting out this element using the Silhouette super easy!

Silhouette tip for digital images

I grouped the fun “Summer” word element with 2 layers of washi tape and a punched star.  I also added the twins’ names with sticker letters.

Summer Envelope Design

This nautical birthday card was fun to make and perfect for any summer birthday!  I hope my sweet nieces have DOUBLE the fun on their 8th birthday!

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Handmade Patriotic Card

It’s almost the 4th of July!  Today, I’m sharing a handmade patriotic card that I made several years ago for a friend –her birthday is actually on Independence Day!

Patriotic Handmade Card

This card happens to be one of my favorite patriotic card creations to date.  It’s super simple to make- as long as you have red and white buttons!

Patriotic Card Detail

Patriotic Card 2

To represent the stars on the flag, I used 2 punched flower shapes embellished with a clear sparkle.  I also dressed up her envelope.  Here was the outer design:

Patriotic Envelope Design

…and a close-up of the embellishment cluster:

Patriotic Envelope 2

Happy Fourth of July!

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7 Projects Celebrating Digital Scrapbooking & Design

Last week, I shared 7 fun digital projects on the Snap Click Supply Co’s blog in honor of JessicaSprague.com turning 7!  What a milestone!  Jessica and her team are truly leaders in the world of digital scrapbooking and design.

Digital Scrapbooking Projects JS June

I just LOOOVE the Fresh Cut digital collection– the digital designs are perfect for your Spring and Summer projects.  Here’s what I came up with:

1.  Bottle Tag

DIY Bottle Tag 2 JS June

I attached Element 60 from Element Pack 1 to a bottle of bubbly that I was giving as an anniversary present to our good friends.  I threaded 2 strands of pink and orange ribbon through the festive tag to secure it to the bottle.  A little “B” letter monogram (for their last name) and pink heart were the perfect embellishments to complete this DIY gift.

DIY Bottle Tag JS June

2.  DIY Card

DIY Card JS June

To accompany the bottle, I included this cheerful card.  Here’s a quick tutorial:

  • Create a 4×6 transparent document in PSE.
  • Open the beautiful floral background paper included in the Fresh Cut collection AND the vertical “4” element from the Basics Life Cards Number pack.
  • Drag the “4” to your new document and size it take up most of the space.
  • Clip the floral paper to the number element.
  • Save this file as a PNG.
  • Open this file in your Silhouette software.
  • Trace the outer edges of the graphic and then use the print and cut features of the Silhouette.
  • Add gold sticker letters to the bottom.
  • Embellish with ribbon, a small punched pink heart, and swirl element.

DIY Card 2 JS June

3.  Dressed Up Envelope

Pretty Envelope Design JS June

Be gone boring envelopes!  To dress up my mail, I glued Element 7 from Element Pack 3 to a plain envelope.  This gorgeous graphic instantly became the perfect frame to house the recipient’s address!  Don’t you love happy mail!?  Tip: Definitely use thin copy paper to this project so you don’t weigh down your envelope and have to pay extra postage!

4.  Photo Embellishment

Photo Embellishment JS June

The Fresh Cut collection is FULL of awesome elements to add to your photos.  I couldn’t resist placing this scalloped embellishment at the top of a treasured pic!

5.  Project Life Layout

Digital Project Life Page JS June

This fully digital layout was made almost exclusively using papers and elements from the Fresh Cut collection clipped to a Life Template.  The Fresh Cut journaling cards are so handy for documenting your summer memories!

6.  Unique Recipe Card

DIY Recipe Card JS June

This project features a reinterpretation of “the classic recipe card”!  I used Element 22 from Element Pack 1 and Element 9 from Element Pack 2 to create a one-of-a-kind interactive recipe.  The darling DRINK UP journaling card swivels out of the way to reveal a delicious smoothie recipe.  A jeweled brad set this project in motion! 🙂

7. DIY Art Print

DIY Art Print JS June

When I think of summer, I think of swimming, lazy days, sunshine, AND strawberries!  To celebrate the season, I created a little art print featuring Element 45 from Element Pack 3.  Here’s a brief tutorial:

  • Open an 8×10 new document in PSE.
  • Drag Paper 3 from Paper Pack 2 onto your document.
  • Print this out and place in a frame.
  • Open a new 8×10 transparent document in PSE.
  • Drag Element 45 from Element Pack 3 onto your document and size it so there’s about a 1-1.5 inch margin around the top and bottom.
  • Save this file as a PNG.
  • Open your new file using your Silhouette software.
  • Trace the outer edges of the graphic and then use the print and cut features of the Silhouette.
  • Attach this cut-out element to your frame using double sided foam tape.

DIY Art Print 2 JS June

I took this project one step further by adding 2 banner elements.  I glittered the edges of the ENJOY banner and attached it to the main strawberry stamp using 2 layers of foam tape.  Two small pink pearls glued to the “My Favorite” element completed the look!

I hope these 7 ideas inspire you to create something TODAY from this beautiful designer collection!  Definitely head over to the Snap Click Supply Co.’s blog for more fun projects from our Create Inspiration Team.  I adore Betsy’s whimsical Garden Mini-Album.  The watercolors are just perfect paired with the digital elements.  Tammy’s baseball wreath is pure genius for celebrating my favorite summer sport.  Her step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to turn a heavy wire into a wreath base.  Love Julie’s travel layout capturing memories of NYC- her post will definitely inspire you to do something creative with your photos!  Also, be sure to take a peak at Debbie’s Full of Treat Cakes post.  I think her darling treat boxes would make a perfect centerpiece at your next party!

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Father’s Day Gift 2014

To celebrate Father’s Day this year, I knew I wanted to do something special for James.  We’ve had quite a year of ups and downs!  When I saw a template for adorable printable book on the blog I Heart Nap Time, I knew it would be the perfect gift for our superhero!  Here’s how my version turned out:

Super Dad Book

I used Photoshop Elements to superimpose James’ head on all the pages.  A bit of washi tape, a “Dad” rubber stamp, and a personalized message embellished my project.  To bind my book, I used the Sew Easy Paper Stitching Piercing tool to create an evenly spaced row of holes.  Then, I threaded blue baker’s twine to complete the spine.

Super Dad Book Binding

I was so excited to see Erin of Strawberry Mommycakes as the designer of this awesome printable.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Erin several times on projects for The Dating Divas (check out my recent posts: Mother’s Day Adventure and The Puzzle Date for more of her amazing work!).

Super Dad Treats

….Definitely had to include these adorable snack toppers filled with James’ favorite treats: Skittles and Peanut Butter M&Ms!

Olivia wore her Super Girl t-shirt from Target and presented her SUPER DAD with his gift and candy!  What a great day filled with wonderful memories and the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Super Dad Fathers Day 2

In case you missed it, here’s what we did LAST YEAR.

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In the Workshop: Quick and Easy Scrapbook Page

Want to know how I made this?

Hybrid Layout May 2014

Click over to Snap Click Supply Co’s blog for a step by step!

Hybprid Layout Detail May 2014

I just love combining beautiful digital elements with handcrafted embellishments!  Here’s the full digital base starting point:

Hybrid Layout May 2014-1

What sweet memories are you recording lately?

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